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Cheap Flights, Holidays and City Breaks to Bilbao, Spain from Ireland

Are you thinking of going to Spain? If you are, you should visit Bilbao. Bilbao is a great city break destination and it’s located in the north-central part of Spain, only 14km south of the Bay of Biscay.

This Spanish city is famous for its port and for the chance to see Bilbao’s historic port, check out our cheap flights, holidays and short city breaks to Bilbao from Ireland.

If you are interested in architecture, Bilbao is an ideal holiday or short city break destination. You will find a variety of architectural styles in Bilbao, ranging from Gothic to contemporary architecture. A trip to Bilbao’s Old Town is a must for any architecture buff, as it is here that features many of Bilbao’s oldest buildings, including St. James’ Cathedral and the Church of San Anton.

Bilbao’s Old Town is a pedestrian zone during the day so you can ramble through this beautiful city to your heart’s content. You will have to visit one of the most important religious temples of Biscay, the Basilica of Begona, which is dedicated to the Patron Saint of the Province, Our Lady of Begona so check out our deals on cheap flights, holidays and short city breaks to Bilbao from Ireland at the lowest available rates.

You will come across seventeen bridges that span the banks of the estuary inside the city limits. The most interesting ones to see when you're in Bilbao is Zubizuri, which means White in Basque, is a pedestrian footbridge that was designed by Santiago Calatrava, which opened in 1997 and the Princes of Spain Bridge, also known as ‘’La Salve,’’ which is a suspension bridge that opened in 1972 and which was redesigned by the French conceptual artist Daniel Bureu in 2007. Deusto Bridge is a bascule bridge opened in 1936, modelled after the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago.

When one thinks of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum instantly comes to mind. The Guggenheim Museum features exhibitions organised by the Guggenheim Foundation and by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

In 1991 the city of Bilbao was in the middle of making big plans for construction to hit the city on a massive scale and the city also planned to build a first-class cultural facility. An architectural competition led to the selection of the Californian based architect Gehry, who was known for his use of unorthodox materials and inventive forms and his sensitivity to the urban environment.

The buildings glass atrium refers to the famous rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s New York Guggenheim, and it’s the largest gallery, it is traversed by Bilbao’s Puente de la Salve, a vehicular bridge, which serves as one of the main gateways to the city.

Following its construction in 1997, an international audience, including Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia celebrated the opening of Bilbao’s new Guggenheim Museum.

During your holiday to Bilbao, why don’t you hit the town and enjoy an evening at Bilbao’s Opera House, Teatro Arriaga. Jocuin Rucoba built Teatro Arriaga in 1890 in Neo-Baroque style. He is the same architect who built Bilbao City Hall. Teatro Arriaga is named after Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga, who was known as the Spanish Mozart.

When in Bilbao you have to make your way to Mount Artxanda, which is one of the two small mountain ranges that delimit the Spanish municipality of Bilbao. Compared to Mount Pagasarri it is lower, but closer to the city centre. It has suffered from more intense urbanisation.

The Artxanda Funicular links downtown Bilbao with a recreational area at the top of the mountain. It has a park, a number of restaurants, a hotel and a sports complex. This area is very popular among Bilbao’s population and it offers breathtaking and stunning views of the city of Bilbao.

Holidays and city breaks to Bilbao wouldn’t be the same without taking in a soccer match. Footie fans that visit this beautiful Spanish city, should go and see Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao do battle against some of the best teams in Spain and the world. They are affectionately known as Los Leones because their stadium was built near a church called San Mames. It is a great way of immersing yourself into the Bilbao way of life.

Come and enjoy the vibrant and the culturally dynamic city of Bilbao. This Spanish city has so much to offer.

If you’d like to visit other parts of Spain, we can also offer cheap Madrid flights and holidays, or you could plan a Barcelona holiday during your stay in Bilbao.

For cheap flights, holidays and short city breaks to Bilbao from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, call us today.


Information & Facts

Activities

Walking Tours Bilbao

Estadio San Mames Stadium Tour

Bike Tours Bilbao

Climate

Bilbao offers a typical oceanic / maritime climate, with temperate weather year-round and no major temperature fluctuations or extremes.

Eating Out

Bilbao is noted for its gastronomic greatness. When in Bilbao, you will have to at least sample the local dish of Pintxos - Bilbao's version of Tapas. If you are a vegetarian, Bilbao has many vegetarian restaurants and most of the restaurants in the city are more than happy to accommodate vegetarians. I'm sure taht you will find something that pleases you from the menu.

Those of you who wish to try traditional Spanish fare should visit Gatz, which is located in Calle Santa Maria. During your visit to Plaza Nueva, in the heart of Casco Viejo, make your way to Gure Toki - an award winning restaurant, which combines traditional Pintxos with more experimental ones.

Getting Around

By Bus

Buses are one of the most popular ways to travel around Bilbao, with a selection of bus stations centred on the Bizkaiabus station in the western side of the city. Bilbobús routes cover all the districts in Bilbao with more than 30 lines. There are also six night buses. Bizkaibus is another bus road network connecting Bilbao to all the districts in Vizcaya.
 
The long distance buses and coaches depart from the 'Termibús' bus station located in the southwester side of Bilbao, alongside the San Mamés Metro station. Coaches and buses are operated by different companies serving different routes

 

 By Metro

Bilbao's Metro trains also travel into the city centre and bus station. Metro Bilbao has two metro lines. Line 1 (Etxebarri-Plentzia) links Bilbao stations to the right-bank districts. Line 2 (Etxebarri-Santurtzi) links Bilbao stations to the left-bank districts.

 Bilbao Tram

The city of Bilbao operates a convenient and inexpensive tram system, covering an area linking Atxuri to Basurto and providing travel to a number of locations and attractions, such as the Atxuri train station, the Guggenheim Museum, Arriaga Theatre, Euskalduna Palace and the San Mamés Football Stadium.

Kids Attractions

Guggenheim Museum

Museo Vasco

Artxanda Funicular to the top of Artxanda Mountain

The Basque Museum

Language

Spanish

Money

Euro

Nightlife

The city of Bilbao has a lively nightlife and it is something that you would expect from one of Spain’s leading cities.

The Spanish adore partying and you will find everything from world-class opera and ballet to the trendy late-night music bars.

Those of you who enjoy nights of cultural entertainment a trip to the Teatro Arriaga, which is located on the banks of the Nervión River is a must. Here you can see world-class opera, classical music concerts, ballet and "zarzuelas" (comic operas).  You are advised to check-out the forthcoming events at the local tourist information office in Paseo del Arenal.

There are numerous music bars and clubs that stay open until four in the morning and sometimes much later. A trip to the Indautxu area is a must for any visitor to Bilbao looking for a great night time venue. It is one of the hottest spots in town after dark. This is where you'll find the popular Cotton Club (Paul Carrack and Antonio Flores are among the many big name performers to have appeared here).

Other popular clubs that you will definitely have to visit during your holiday to Bilbao include Disco Rock Star in Gran Via, Disco Pub Crystal in Calle Buenos Aires and El Palladium in Calle Iparraguirre.

Bilbao is alive and well and waiting for your visit.

Shopping

Bilbao is a shopper’s paradise where you certainly will be spoilt for choice. There is something for everybody in this charming Spanish city from atmospheric surroundings and stylish boutiques, the top high street names or the modern shopping centres with fantastic restaurants. The choice is endless.

Bilbao’s main shopping street of Gran Via is one part of the city that you must visit. It runs from Abando station across the city centre, through Plaza Moyua. Here you will find all the major brands such as Zara, Pull and Bear, H&M and Stradivarius. Gran Via is also home to Bilbao’s main branch of El Corte Inglés, a huge department store which covers 10 floors and sells just about everything, from clothes to jewellery to lighting to textiles, as well as having its own supermarket on the top floor. If that’s not enough, the books, stationery, music and DVD department is just a few doors down on the other side of the road.

Another great place to shop is on the Casco Viejo.  You will come across a mixture of high street names (H&M, Zara) as well as independent boutiques. They are all located in the historic and picturesque surroundings of Bilbao’s Old Quarter, with its labyrinth of medieval streets. It’s also a great place to stop for lunch, with dozens of cafés and bars.

Sightseeing

Guggenheim Museum

Teatro Arriaga

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Iberdrola Tower

Zubizuri - It's a tied arch footbridge acroos the Nervion River

Mount Artxanda - It is one of the two small mountain ranges that delimit the Spanish Municipality of Bilbao

Bizkaia Delegation Palace - It is an eclectic mansion in the Ensanche area of Bilbao

The Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro -It is the main avenue in the city

Doña Casilda Iturrizar park

The Basilica of Begoña

San Mamés Stadium – Home of Athletic Bilbao

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Barcelo Nervion

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Hesperia Zubialde

The hotel was built in 2000 and consists of a total of 82 rooms, of which 6 are singles and 76 are doubles. The hotel's facilities include a pleasant lobby with a 24-hour reception, a safe, a conference room, a currency exchange desk, a TV room, a bicycle storage facility, bicycle hire, a terrace,..
Gran Durango Hotel

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Barcelo Avenida

Renovated in 2005, the offers 143 standard rooms and 46 BIO2 rooms for business travellers. There are a total of 189 rooms, of which 186 are doubles and 3 are suites. Amongst the hotel facilities count a 24-hour reception, safe, currency exchange desk, cloakroom, lift and café. There is also a bar,..
Gran Bilbao Hotel

The sercotel gran bilbao is a 4-star hotel strategically located in the restored miraflores neighbourhood of bilbao, 500 metres to the historical centre and very well connected to the historical town. This property is also very close to the euskalduna shopping and financial centre. All guestrooms are..
COLISEO

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The hotel boasts 204 exterior facing and luminous rooms with modern furniture and warm colours. It also features 7 function rooms, making the hotel a suitable choice to host celebrations, events and conferences for up to 1000 people. It also offers the Auditorium Gran Bilbao, for up to 300 people, and..
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The four-star hotel nh villa de bilbao is conveniently located in the center of bilbao, was recently renovated and is ready to meet the highest expectations of comfort and service quality. The spacious and bright, fully equipped facilities and efficient, friendly staff help make your visit a memorable..
HOTEL MIRO

Built in 2002, this hotel comprises a total of 10 floors rooms and 50 rooms. This total includes 39 doubles, 6 singles and 5 semi-suites. There is a foyer with a 24-hour reception desk, lifts, safes and a currency exchange counter. Further facilities include an air-conditioned ..
HOTEL HOLIDAY INN BILBAO

Renovated in 2005, the offers 143 standard rooms and 46 bio2 rooms for business travellers. There are a total of 189 rooms, of which 186 are doubles and 3 are suites. Amongst the hotel facilities count a 24-hour reception, safe, currency exchange desk, cloakroom, lift and café. There is also a bar,..
Hotel Gran Bilbao

General\nLocated in the new Miraflores area of Bilbao, this charming hotel is situated just 500 metres away from the Atxuri train station and is just a 5 minutes' walking distance away from the city's signature Siete Calles del Casco Viejo District, which offers the perfect place in which to relish the..
Domus Selecta Embarcadero

Monumental house of year 1900, a private prier, rooms with sea view, a garden and the most advanced technologies, are the elements that characterise the ultimate offer of Ercilla group. A four stars hotel, situated in the locality of Vizcaina de Getxo. Beautiful residential area of Vizcaya, within 15..
Hotel Ercilla

Property Location Hotel Ercilla is in the heart of Bilbao, walking distance from Chavarri Palace and Plaza Moyua. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre and Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 325 air-conditioned rooms featuring..
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This Spanish city is famous for its port and for the chance to see Bilbao's historic port. If you are interested in architecture, you will find a variety of architectural styles in Bilbao, ranging from Gothic to contemporary architecture. A trip to Bilbao's Old Town is a must for any architecture buff, as it is here that features many of Bilbao's oldest buildings, including St. James' Cathedral and the Church of San Anton. When one thinks of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum instantly comes to mind, the well-known museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Come and enjoy the vibrant and the culturally dynamic city of Bilbao. This Spanish city has so much to offer. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Bilbao and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Bilbao. span>

 

 

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